Monday, July 14, 2008

Nothing new.

So we already know that my Mother is here.

I was so stoked to go to work and come back with half of my house packed up.

This didn't happen.

I got off of work and called her to let her know that I was on my way. She told me that she hasn't packed anything and for me not to worry because "you know how I am, I will have this all packed up for you in 2 days".

Well, that's what I was hoping for.

I got home and NOTHING was done.
She started telling me her "plan of action". How she was going to just got through rooms and put this here and stuff this there and in no time this would all be done. I felt like we were in a huddle and at any minute we would yell "Break!" and throw our hands in the air.

I know I must seem insensitive wanting my mom to do all of the work, but that's not the case. I just want her to do most of it. (kidding...well, not really).
Anyway...I walked in and started my daily routine (which consisted of me jump starting the kids on their chores). Everyone was just lounging around with blankets in the living room and they were sprawled out all over the floor. I started snapping my fingers and told everyone to get to work.
I've already explained to the kids that if I don't make the mess...I don't clean it up. They got to work washing the dishes, cleaning the dining room and cleaning the living room. In 2 hours it was all done (I know 2 hrs may seem like a long time but we are dealing with a 13, 8, and 7 yr old) and they all sat down while I made dinner. Normally, when my mom visits, she would cook for us all. I decided not to be so dependant on her for all of this.

I explained to her that, before, I was sooo tired and I would just come home and try to throw something together to eat then crash. The house would be a mess for days. Then I would get so overwhelmed with all of the housework and laundry that I had to do that I just wanted to break down and cry.
Now...I don't play that part anymore. The kids do it all. Sometimes, Dom volunteers to cook. I am going to have to start utilizing that skill of his more often when we move.

So, remember in the last post I mentioned that my mom likes to make up things? She told me some new info about her today that I didn't know before (in all of my life with her):

1. She never liked chicken all the while growing up.

2. She can't taste chicken or grapes (but she can taste everything else).

This is allllll news to me. I recall her telling me (all through my life) about the chicken she made and how good it is.... SEVERAL HUNDRED times.

She started telling me some stuff about my brother and his wife that I find a little hard to believe. She knows I'll call her bluff and call him to verify but I'll wait for a more ridiculous story to surface.

In the end, Everything was cleaned in the house and everyone was fed. This is starting to become a pattern. By 6:30 pm everyday..everything is getting done. I really like that. Such a feeling of accomplishment.

I knocked out at 7:30 pm.

I'm so lame.


Heather said...

You're not lame. Your just punctual about your bedtime. I'm kind of excited to hear some more of your mom stories.

LisaPetrarcaBlog said...

Your kids sound like mine...summertime means lazy kids and a messy house. I usually wont stress until Saturday, then everyone has to clean. Glad you got everything done, don't ya hate having stuff to do hanging over your head?!

Tiffany said...

I love that you've put your kids to work. I wish more parents where doing the same.

Your mom and her chicken theories crack me up.

Jenn said...

I wish things got done at my house when my mom comes its even worse..How is that possible I wonder that myself. But then my kids are younger than yours by the look of it and they would rather play and so would my mom.

Insane Mama said...

Your not lame! I put my kids to work all the time! Your mom is a silly one

Anonymous said...

Tell me how you get your kids to do the work...please! I'll pay you for your words of wisdom...mine just look at me like "oh that fat lady is talking again, think she's saying anything of value?" LOL

Lauren said...

I can't wait until my kids are old enough to do the work. At ages 1 and 3 they aren't much help, but they try and that is usually worse.

Mama's Losin' It said...

Can I get your email address??